The evenings are drawing in and frankly this week the weather has been pants, rain, rain and more rain. A smart reminder that summer doesn’t last as long as I always hope. Over the warm months we have been living the kitchen and garden area, doors thrown open. As September beckons, new starts, darker nights, falling leaves. It is time to batten down the hatches and focus on making the living room more intimate, for short days and longer nights ahead.
Mohair blankets and soft textured cushions for the sofa. Candles for the mantle piece. Lamps with low watt bulbs. I’ve long had a ‘thing’ about dark interiors, creating snug spaces that wrap around you; all day pyjamas, tucking your feet up on the sofa with the paper, freshly baked scones and a pot of tea. Floor length curtains to keep the cold and dark nights at bay. Soft rugs under cold morning toes.
Dark walls and dark furniture create a moody, statement living room. There are some wonderful bold paint colours available; dark greys, deep blue, almost black. It doesn’t have to be a whole room, deep colours work wonderfully on one contrast wall, creating a focal point and less drama than going for four dark walls.
As much as walls, furniture completely changes the focus of a room. These two sofas are from the Multiyork range, handmade in Britain, with a choice of styles, fabrics,feet and removable covers. Easier than changing the wall colour, alternate the sofa cover: Dark and sultry for autumn/winter. Light and Scandi for spring/summer.
My preference for sofas is solid colours, that can be changed for the season with throws and new cushions. Fabric sofas for comfort and warmth. Enduring styles that never date, button backs and elegant feet. I love the combination of classic furniture and dark walls. There is something timeless about a dark room and low lights, both in terms of appearance and a space to lose yourself for long evenings of books or box set watching. A sofa and living room should be an inviting space, to linger, snuggle up and maybe to sneak in an afternoon nap – such a treat.